In my childhood I lived in Central Asia and in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. And when did the idea of writing about tea traditions, I really wanted to go back in time, to memories of twenty years ago. To find something new about these peoples
and their customs and to remember the forgotten old. I hope this article will allow you a little bit to plunge into the world of Asian tea traditions and to feel the harmony and hospitality of Eastern culture, although a true tea house is impossible to find in the metropolis.
Teas in Central Asia
Familiarity with Central Asian people this wonderful drink would have happened earlier than in Europe. Through the East of the country caravans of the silk Road that carried lots of strange items, tea was one of them. This led to the fact that thirst-quenching drink, has acquired a special place in the culture of the peoples of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
The mentality and customs of each country of Central Asia, has left its mark and formed their unique tea traditions: tea green tea, tea with butter and salt, using camel milk and cream, and many more unique recipes.
In Uzbekistan, the predominant consumption of green tea, only in the capital city of Tashkent, more popular black. Before drinking the tea in a thin stream poured from the bowl back into the pot, the procedure Continue reading
Japan. Country romantic dreams of millions of people from all corners of the globe. Since it opened the eyes of Europeans, was folded about her myths and legends, telling about the extraordinary reserves of gold, strange animals, strange customs, about the samurai ideal of masculinity — and the geisha — the standard of femininity. Over time, people learned that no gold bullion, nor the wonderful animals in Japan no. Have only geishas and Samurais. But it turned out that this is enough for hundreds of years to haunt the imagination of the inhabitants of the planet, seeking the ideal in everything. First of all in his personal life.
The travellers who first visited in Japan, has always been told about the nature, the political structure and the state of defence of that land, and (not least!) about the strange habits of the Japanese in the intimate sphere — they were so amazing. Geisha, courtesan-and after reaching zero, the monks who have sex with men and erotic prints-Shunga has always horrified Continue reading
the ancestors of the Koreans lived in several tribal entities on the territory of the Korean Peninsula and northeast China. In the struggle for existence primitive people were forced to develop their strength and agility, intuitively creating a system of physical exercises that strengthen the body and refining the mind.
After the invention of weapons with which it was possible to get food and defend against wild animal attacks, people continued to improve the technique of self-defense in various games and shaman rites. Constantly imitating and attacking with protective racks of animals, ancient people learned in battle to use their hands, thereby creating the oldest form of Taekwondo.
Singing, ritual dances and games during the festivities began to acquire a competitive nature, gradually it turned into a competition like the Olympics of the ancient Greeks, who also wore a ritual.
Historians suggest that the history of Korean martial arts begins about two thousand years ago. Ancient manuscripts and images that are preserved and have reached us, say that already in the beginning of our era in ancient Korea used a variety of system fisticuffs and wrestling.
Somewhere in the late 1st century BC, several tribal entities living on the territory of the Korean Peninsula, United in the three States of Goguryeo, Baekje and Silla (57 BC – 668 ad). Not only did these States constantly fought Continue reading